Qunu vs Nkandla

2013-12-22 10:00

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President Jacob Zuma is not the only South African head of state to have his personal home upgraded at the expense of taxpayers.

Here’s what was spent on Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, to which he retired once he left politics.

All of these additions, contained in a Public Works document, were billed as security upgrades:

»?Electrified palisade fencing



»?Automatic gates

»?Security cameras

»?Alarm system

Qunu price tag: R28.2m. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24

And here’s what was spent on Zuma’s Nkandla home. Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi this week said R71?million had been spent on “security installations” and a further R135?million had been spent on “operational needs and basic facilities and services needed to support the security upgrade”:

»?Perimeter fencing

»?Entrance gate

»?Guard hut

»?Security control room


»?Bulletproof glass

»?Two helicopter pads


»?Underground bunker (safe haven)

»?Power generator





»?Electronic detection systems

»?Accommodation facilities for police and the defence department

»?Fire pool (swimming pool)

»?Relocation of neighbouring families

»?Relocation of tuck shop

»?Retaining wall (amphitheatre)

»?Chicken run

»?Cattle kraal and culvert

»?Water reservoir

»?Visitors’ waiting rooms

Nxesi previously said another R2 million had been spent on "touch-ups".

Nkandla price tag: R208m. Picture: Khaya Ngwenya/City Press

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